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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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KATIE, n. Also katty, kaittie. See also Kittie. [′kete]

1. A term of contempt for an effeminate man (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ags. 1959). Cf. Jennie, Jessie, id.

2. The wren, Nannus troglodytes (Bwk. 1889 G. Muirhead Birds Bwk. I. 102, kaittie). Cf. 3. (5).

3. Combs.: (1) katie-beardie, -bairdie, -y, (a) an epithet for a woman with a beard or moustache (Cai., Abd., Ags. 1959). Kette Bairdie is found as the title of a popular dance song c.1630 (see R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes (1847) 194); (b) the loach, Nemacheilus barbatula (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Gall. 1958 Dmf. & Gall. Standard (1 Feb.); Ags., Fif., m.Lth. 1959); (c) a name for the hedge-sparrow, Prunella occidentalis, or the wren, Troglodytes troglodytes (Per. 1959); (2) katty-clean-doors, a child's name for snow; (3) katie flips, three-cornered sugar sweets; (4) katie-lailie, -laylie, -leelie , daddy-long-legs (Arg.1 1931, Arg. 1992); (5) katie-wren, kaittie-wa-rain, -wren, = 2. (Bwk. 1889 G. Muirhead Birds Bwk. 102; Abd., Lth., Bwk. 1959). Cf. Eng. jenny-, kitty-wren, and cutty-wren s.v. Cutty.(2) Lnk. 1844 J. Lemon St Mungo 32:
A' the cabbage an' green kail are theekit wi snaw, Aye, that's Katty-clean-doors, she laughs at us a'.
(3) Edb. 1898 J. Baillie Walter Crighton ii.:
Wha'll buy sock? Katie flips, six a maik!
(5) Bwk. 1897 R. M. Calder Poems 80:
We kenned the spot where the robin bigged, The yorlin' an' katie wren.

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"Katie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <>



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